This program is for preschool aged children– ages three to six years — and their accompanying adult. Programs are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at the visitor’s Center. Registration is required. Call the Visitor’s Center at 493-1623 to register.


July 2 Seed Dispersal Plants have very limited mobility and consequently rely upon a variety of dispersal methods to reproduce including wind, animals, insects and more.

July 23 Birds of Lory State Park Lory has an extensive population of winged residents and visitors and we’ll explore the habits and habitats of just a few.


August 13 Trees of Lory State Park We’ll explore the varieties of trees at Lory, how they grow and the animals that use them for food and/or shelter.


The Lory State Park Junior Ranger Program is suitable for children aged seven to twelve and gives participants an awareness of the environmental, historical and cultural assets of the park and Northern Colorado.

To become a Junior Ranger, participants must complete a list of activities or adventures from the Junior Ranger activity book and/or attend at least one hosted environmental education programs. Once participants have completed enough of the exercises to be awarded either a patch or a badge, they head to the Visitor Center where a Ranger will review their work and swear them in as a Junior Ranger!


July 5  All About Predators! Predators come in all shapes and sizes, including mammals, insects, birds and even plants! We’ll explore just a few that call Lory State Park home.

 July 19 Fire Ecology. We’ll focus on the origins of wildland fire, its process, and its relationship to the environment that surrounds it.


August 2 Orienteering and Compasses Learn how to read a map, how to look for landmarks and how to use a compass. Basic, but essential skills for those who want to explore the great outdoors!


These guided hikes and special programs let you learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, including plants, wildlife, geology and the different peoples who have called this part of Northern Colorado home. Registration is required, so please call the Visitor’s Center at 493-1623.  Participants are asked to bring clothing layers appropriate to the weather and time of day, a water bottle, insect repellent and to wear closed-toe supportive shoes.  For night programs, please bring a flashlight with a red lens.


July 11 Astronomy: Summer Night Sky 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Arthur’s Rock Trailhead. View the stars and planets and learn about the constellations that decorate our summer night sky.

July 14 Native Plants that Feed Native Birds 10 a.m. to Noon. Presentation by ornithologist and naturalist Dave Leatherman and Native Plant Society Master Naturalist Marcee Camenson followed by a 1.5-mile hike along the Well Gulch Trail. Meet at Eltuck Group Picnic Area

 July 15 Campfire Night at Lory Storytelling and S’mores around the campfire. 8 to 10 p.m. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Soldier Canyon Picnic Area. **CANCELLED**

 July 21 Hike the Well Gulch Trail and learn about the plants, animals and cultural history of Lory State Park 9 to 11:30 a.m. Moderate hike, suitable for ages 10 and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Eltuck Group Picnic Area.

 July 27 Full Moon Hike: Creatures of the Night. 7 to 9 p.m. Hike the Well Gulch Trail by the full moon and learn about the Park’s nocturnal wildlife. Moderate hike. Ages 10 and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Eltuck Group Picnic Area.


Aug. 4 Twilight Walk on the Well Gulch Trail 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a Naturalist-led walk as the Park begins to settle in for the night: daytime animals and plants get ready for sleep while nocturnal life begins to rouse itself. Meet at Eltuck Group Picnic Area at 6:45 p.m.

Aug. 10 Campfire Night: National S’more Day! 7 to 9 p.m. at Timber Group Picnic Area. Campfire tales, nature games and delicious S’mores! Ages 10 and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Aug. 26 Full Moon Hike. 7 to 10 p.m. Hike the Overlook Loop by the full moon. Moderate hike. Ages 10 and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Arthur’s Rock Trailhead.


Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist Training Classes

The Lory Interpretive Naturalist Volunteer Program was initiated in Fall 2017. The training is free, open to anyone 18 years of age or older, but limited to one training session per season for a limited number of applicants. Over three five-hour classes, volunteers are provided with a foundation for assisting with the Park’s environmental education programs. With lectures, field work and a free, information-loaded training manual, volunteers learn about the park’s natural and cultural history, wildlife and plant biology and identification skills and interpretation and presentation techniques. In exchange for 15 hours of environmental education training provided by the park, volunteers will be required to donate a minimum of 20 hours of service towards the park’s environmental education programs within the year following training. The 2018 Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist Training schedule will be posted in March.